Hey hey, everyone! Welcome to the 5th-week installment of my healing process after hip reconstruction surgery. You can catch up on my journey here.
I’m so close to being off crutches and getting rid of this brace and it couldn’t come at a better time. The brace is really starting to get on my nerves while I’m trying to sleep. I’ve gained a little bit of weight from being so inactive which got to me a little bit, but I just gave myself a pep talk. Being pain-free is well worth a couple extra lbs.
My abdominal cramping got a TON better this week. It’s still there sometimes, but I actually had a few days where it was completely gone. Woot!
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I got my two hours of biking in. I kind of want to throw the bike out the window, but I try and concentrate on the fact that I’m almost done with it. I’m have to keep biking for a total of 8 weeks post-surgery. I’ve been eating healthy
I got my biking out of the way early and my mom brought me over to her house to go through some of my boxes that were in storage. She just brought the boxes to me and we played the keep, give away or throw out game. She bribed me with blackberry market so I couldn’t say no. Plus, my mom is the absolute best. She’s come over to watch me, cook and clean around the apartment, deliver coffees, make sure I get outside and so much more. I wouldn’t trade her in for anything.
I also got to spend some time with my Portuguese Water Dog, Angus. He stays with my mom and loves her more so I wouldn’t dare to take him away. Isn’t he such a cutie?
I made collagen gummies which were super delicious, but I was paying zero attention and threw the leftover collagen gummy bear mix down the drain (yeah, don’t do that). Cue our sink not draining and our dishwasher pouring suds out of the bottom unbeknownst to us until our guest pointed it out. Tyler had to open up the pipes and low and behold there was a giant egg-shaped gummy bear plugging everything up. I couldn’t deny that one. Blonde moment!
After everything was cleaned up I watched some terrible Nicholas Cage movie (which one isn’t?) and he had a ponytail. Yikes. I biked during most of it, but biking is still causing me abdominal cramps. They are coming on later and later though. Instead of coming on the first 10 minutes or so they come around the one hour mark. It’s an improvement I’ll definitely take.
I could not get comfortable that night to sleep and stayed up till like 3 AM. And that’s with taking Melatonin. I keep waking up early too. I wonder if it’s just because of the lack of activity. Who knows.
I biked and tried out the new scar ointment that I ordered off Amazon after looking at a ton of reviews. Silicone sheets are super hard to keep on, but with Scarguard Repair you get all the benefits of silicone sheets and Vitamin E without any issues with the sheets coming off. If you’ve used liquid bandaids before it’s a lot like that.
The smell is very chemical-like, but that goes away quickly. You just brush the liquid onto the scars and wait for 1 minute before putting on any clothing. It needs to be applied twice a day so I just did morning and evening. By the end of the week, my scars were smoother and less noticeable. I’m so excited to see how much better it gets!
I was a bad girl and didn’t bike today. I just got so fed up with the abdominal cramps I decided to give me body a few days to not be pissed off and let any swelling go down. I’m pretty sure it was my psoas being pissed off from where they did the fractional release.
I’ve been doing flat back lays where you just lay flat on a bed with no pillow so that my psoas gets a good stretch. I’m scared of it growing back tight again so I’m trying to address that. I also have been spending some tummy time. Don’t do this if you have a hip replacement though!
I’ve been icing non-stop with my ice machine too to keep the inflammation down and I’ve been eating inflammatory foods. I don’t swell on the outside, but I sure do on the inside!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day (even though it’s belated by now). I’m super Irish…my last name is O’Neill. So St. Patrick’s Day is one of my fave holidays right after Christmas and Halloween. I actually got to feel somewhat normal today. My bf got a wheelchair for me so that I could go on our 4th annual bar crawl with our friends. It was his chance to play sober driver since I hardly ever drink. I think it gave him a much-needed insight on want I have to deal with when being his designated driver all the time.
I have a whole new understanding of what people in wheelchairs go through. It is ROUGH. I was lucky enough that I could get out of the wheelchair and hop around like a fool while they brought the contraption over stoops, but a lot of people don’t have that option. I was floored by how many bars aren’t wheelchair accessible. If I was confined to a wheelchair I’d have to call ahead to make sure the location was wheelchair friendly. Much like I have to do with my food allergies. It’s a pain in the ass not to be able to just be spontaneous.
Only half of the bars we went to didn’t have stoops. Most of the places were very accommodating though and I even got a “props to you for coming out” from an ID checker at the door. I only stayed out for a few hours because I was getting super sleepy and starting to get in pain, but I managed to hold out until we got to Scratch and had an amazing burger sans pretzel bun (weeps). If you’re ever in Forest Park Scratch and Duck Fat are the best places to check out. Their fries made in duck fat are to die for.
Still not biking in order to give my psoas some rest.
Not as sore after everything yesterday as I thought I would be and no abdominal cramps almost all day!
The bf and I went over to celebrate his sister’s birthday over at his family’s house for lunch. I always have the best time there and they sure know how to cook up a feast!
My middle finger on my right hand had started swelling yesterday morning. I figured I crushed it in something, but it still hasn’t gone down and it’s starting to look bruised towards the nail. I decided if it didn’t go down by tomorrow that I’d go into urgent care.
Last day not biking
My finger is still swollen and the bruise is growing a bit. I really don’t want to lose my nail after I took so long to grow them out after spending years biting them. It was a pretty quick in and out. I had an abscess that they had to drain that can be caused by biting cuticles or getting your nails done at a salon (guilty and guilty). It was not pleasant, but I’ve learned that laying down while getting my blood drawn and this kind of thing help with not passing out.
She had prescribed antibiotics, but I asked her if it was okay to skip them possibly. After spending so long trying to heal my gut after getting Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth I try as hard as I can to not do anything to cause it to come back. You can read more about your microbiome here and here. I explained to her what SIBO was and she said I only needed to take antibiotics if it started to look infected and to come back in if it didn’t get better or I started to get a red streak up my arm.
It started to feel better almost an hour later!
I tried on some new clothing that I received and snapped some adorable pics for y’all. Follow me on Instagram to see my favorites for spring!
I biked for an hour before calling it a day. Cramps where setting in so between that and finger pain I was very done with this day.
That’s a wrap folks! Until week 6 of course, haha. I feel in a much better headspace than where I was this time last week!
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